Welcome birdwatchers, conservationists, enthusiasts, and students of wildlife education! We’re thrilled to introduce you to 50 Ducks, your definitive platform for monitoring the movements of ducks, geese, and other waterfowl. Dive deep into educational insights about various duck species of North America that we’re actively tracking or aiming to track in the upcoming years. Be sure to revisit frequently for the latest updates on duck breeds’ movements and newly added duck breeds!
The Breeding Population and Habitat Survey (BPOP) for 2023 recorded a total of 32.4 million breeding waterfowl in a study region spanning over 2 million square miles—from Alaska and the Canadian Prairies to the Hudson Bay. This survey is a joint effort involving federal, provincial, and state agencies, and the data feeds into computer models to estimate North American duck populations.
Below is an illustration highlighting key species, courtesy of Ducks Unlimited. Note that some duck breeds on our list, such as the Black-bellied Whistling Duck, Mexican Duck, and Cinnamon Teal, fall outside the BPOP survey area.
Duck species are as varied and unique as the people who delight in observing them. For instance, Pintails migrate from Baja California to Siberia, while Blue-winged Teals travel from Cuba to Brazil and on to Canada’s Boreal Forest. Other species, like the Mexican Duck, tend to be more localized.
North American ducks come in all shapes and sizes—ranging from the large-bodied Mallard with its bright green head, to the subdued, 10-ounce hen Blue-winged Teal. Dietary habits are equally diverse. Mallards, for example, have generalist feeding habits, comfortable in both aquatic and terrestrial environments. They consume everything from aquatic vegetation to cultivated crops. On the other hand, the diet of the Merganser is largely fish-centric.
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